Monday, 30 April 2012

A Fabulous Photoshoot: Vintage, tattoo and pinup photography by Alt.Studio!

I'd seen a lot of buzz amongst local bloggers and members of the North West Vintage Business Network about Alt.Studio, so when I was given the opportunity to book a shoot, I jumped at the chance!

Situated in a cosy, private space within Ridelow (formerly the Home Design Store), one of Manchester's oldest established alternative shops in the city centre's cool and quirky Northern Quarter, Alt.Studio specialises in producing fantastic portraits for an alternative clientele. A pampering makeover service is available where a professional artist can work her magic with hairstyling and makeup to create any vintage look you desire, from 1920s vamp, through to 1950s glamour or 60s siren. The owner, Simon Hunt, also has a passion for tattoo photography, and really gets the best from his illustrated subjects with some beautiful, colourful shots of people from all areas of the 'alternative' spectrum.

I chose a cheesecake pinup theme for my shoot, as I really love the old cheeky, colourful pinups of the 40s and 50s - Bettie Page, Elvgren, Vargas... I felt I would be most comfortable with this as it best reflects my personal style and would allow me to show off a range of my self-made dresses and hats! Every Alt.Studio shoot is built around the client's personal style and vision, and Simon is great at helping to bring this out of his models! I'm by no means an old hand when it comes to being photographed, but I have done quite a few professional photoshoots and bits of modelling for my own and my friends' companies, and Simon was one of the best photographers I have ever worked with. His friendly attitude and infectious energy really put me at ease in front of the camera, and he knew exactly how to direct me to get the most effective, flattering and interesting poses.

I loved my hair and makeup by Nikki Armstrong, and will be trying to recreate this hairstyle at home, as soon as I have some tongs so I can get the lovely defined curls!

New tiki dress! Hair flower by MissTiki Designs

Simon managed to shoot me in four outfits in the space of just a couple of hours! I couldn't wait to see the images once we were finished, and left Alt.Studio feeling really pleased and confident.

Vintage family heirloom parasol... birdie straw hat coming soon to my shop!

New Hawaiian dress by me... really proud to be Alt.Studios' facebook cover girl!

I would really recommend the Alt.Studio experience to anyone looking for an empowering, fun day and to take away some beautiful images! The studio can also be booked for couples or small groups, and don't forget to mention that you were referred by Kalandra when you book! Alt.Studio is offering free makeovers and special price image packages alongside some great competitions for a limited time only, so head over to the studio's facebook page (where I am currently the cover photo!) or to see more of Simon's beautiful work.

My favourite shot... lovely work by Alt.Studio which will be printed and grace my wall when I'm an old woman!

You can also see more delicious Alt.Studio portrait photography on Dolly Cool Clare's blog, Helen's blog, Kitty Wink Vintage and the fabulous Marry Me Ink - they're all really worth a look, the pictures (and the ladies, of course) are gorgeous!


  1. WOW! MY eyes just fell outta my head!!! You are a knockout Doll!!!

  2. LOVE the photos and the outfits!!!

  3. Beautiful shots! That last one is my favorite too. :)

  4. All your photos are fab - so bright and colourful! My fave is the bright yellow petticoat one - Love! ♥

  5. AND I am v. envious that you have those VW Melissa cherry shoes!!! ;)

  6. I like the new looks of your blog...and I love all your dresses, especially those in the last 2 pictures! What kind of advice would you give a beginner blogger and seamstress as to how and where to find cool fabrics and patterns that would'nt be too expensive?


  7. Wow, beautiful photos and rad dresses! I adore your tiki dress!! *swoon*

  8. Oh hell's I LOVE your blog!!! Every post is a divine feast for my sticky-beak and this has to be one of the best pin-up gal shoots I've ever seen! I adore your make up and your Hawaiian frock and yes please frame the last pic for your home - it really is a beauty and ought to be appreciated by all:))). Thanks so much for visiting me and oh yes, Burt was certainly my grandad! My mum is his eldest child - all his kids are alive - and I'm her youngest of seven. He died when I was 10 so I only knew him briefly but he made quite an impact on my life - would you believe he drove his car really, really slowly as he hated driving on the road? "There's crazy people out there on the roads!" hehehe!! xo

  9. You look fabulous!!! I love your tiki dress, where can I buy it?
    Regards from Spain